TippingPoint Commissions

Since its inception TippingPoint has helped to commission a range of artworks to develop a critical mass of creative work conceived in the context of climate change.


Announced on 30 June 2009, at the National Theatre, London by the Rt. Hon Ed Miliband, then Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.


Trashcatchers’ Carnival

On 4 July 2010, the Trashcatchers’ Carnival promenaded through the heart of Tooting, London.

Working ‘from the ground up’ the Trashcatcher’s Carnival united 60 artists and over 500 Tooting residents in a year long process looking at transition from a high energy to a low energy community. They worked in partnership with Emergency Exit Arts and using art, carnival, celebration and the collective ingenuity of Transition Town Tooting. On 4 July 2010, Trashcatchers’ Carnival promenaded through the heart of Tooting. The Carnival provided a model of engagement and celebration for the Transition Town Network.

The Lightswitch Project

“What happens when you switch on a light?”

This simple question provokes a myriad of answers and sparks a million more questions. It generates excitement. The Light Switch project seized this microscopic moment and created a performance that connects the individual to the implications of their actions and their place in the world. Following a series of highly intense encounters with scientists and thinkers from many disciplines the LightSwitch project featured in a radio programme on BBC Radio 4.

3rd Ring Out

3rd Ring Out is a provocative, engrossing, multi-media, multi-dimensional scenario-building performance and installation that asks serious ethical questions, splicing recognisable images of the UK with projects of possibility. The audience vote to decide how to respond to a developing scenario of a climate-changed future.

The temperature is rising, the Earth is changing and your city is threatened. How will you respond? This is a story in which YOU decide what happens next. Imagining a world in which nature takes revenge on industrial humanity, 3rd Ring Out takes you forward in time to an emergency planning rehearsal set in a range of locations throughout the UK.


As The World Tipped

By Wired Aerial Theatre – a Joint Commission by TippingPoint and Without Walls.

This spectacular outdoor show has been touring festivals worldwide since in 2011. In 2012 it opened the Sydney Festival to an audience of 12,000, followed by a series of summer tours.

Combining dramatic video visuals with breathtaking aerial performance, As The World Tipped confronts one of the most pressing issues for the planet with spectacle, humour and emotion. At the Secretariat of the Copenhagen Climate Change conference, harassed staff fail to notice as the world around them, literally and metaphorically, slides toward disaster. Suspended above the audience in the night sky, the performers struggle to control their increasingly precarious world as they do battle with the effects of environmental catastrophe.

Written and directed by Nigel Jamieson, one of the world’s leading creators of outdoor spectacle (Sydney Olympics, Liverpool Capital of Culture).

My Last Car

By 509 Arts

In My Last Car I have loved and lost, shouted and whispered. I have taken great journeys to mysterious places like ASDA and the Far North. I have sat in My Last Car in the rain unable to get out until a track has finished playing. I have picked up children from school, helped friends move house, driven newborn babies from hospital and cried on hard shoulders. My Last Car is my friend and helper, my guardian, my other place. It is home to secret intimacies, broken promises, laughter and belonging. So let’s give My Last Car one last ride that takes in the past and looks to the future. Let’s unpick all the histories and stories and comings and goings and lay them out for everyone to see. Let’s look at washers and cogs and panels and birthday rides and rain on the windscreen in November and sump oil and broken headlights.

Funeral For A Lost Species

By Feral Theatre, May 2011

Over forty artists created a Garden of Remembrance with many tombs, shrines and memorials to extinct species.

With a keen eye on the patterns and drivers of extinction this elegant project combines visual art, performance and participatory workshops to explore responses to loss of species, places, and cultures resulting from human intervention. Through the creation of a beautiful, magical graveyard in which takes place the funeral for the very last individual of a species, visitors of all ages will be able to reflect on some of the stories of extinct species and fathom the complexities of extinction. Who has come to offer a eulogy– to celebrate its life? Who might be implicated in its death?


At The Eden Project

In Summer 2011, composer Tim Sutton and a diverse group of musicians from Cornwall created an ambitious ensemble piece performed across the Eden site, a collective call for increased appreciation and care of our environment. Without using electro amplification the piece used the former clay pit’s natural acoustics. Working with local organisations, choirs and music groups, participants include singers from the Eden Choir, Blazing Heart Chorus and Imerys Male Voice Choir, and players from Bombrassa and the Cornwall Family Orchestra. ‘Unplugged’ was part of a programme of collaborative activity developed and presented by Cape Farewell and the Eden Project.

Found Voices

By Joe Duddell and Craig Vear

At the heart of this digital opera for family audiences were be the words and voices of three communities of school children responding to climate change in very different geographic locations. Inspiration was drawn from the many sonic properties found in these individual environments. The composers worked in collaboration with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and a video artist from the Soup Collective, to create an inspiring, uplifting musical response woven from the weather, the environment and its people.

A Beautiful Thing

By Barnaby Stone

A Beautiful Thing, by Barnaby Stone, is about understanding where things come from and how things can always be transformed into something else – up-cycled, cross-cycled or re-cycled. It is about adaptability in the face of difficulty and how that capacity is and always has been part of the crafts person’s art. In each performance an ancient oak beam rests, iconic in the middle of the space. Five skilled artisans apply themselves to it like surgeons in an operating theatre. As the layers are pared away so are the stories in its history. What unfolded was an exquisite feast of industry, theatre, music and dance. The performance was developed and directed by Barnaby Stone and co-produced byBattersea Arts Centre (BAC) with the support of the National Trust East Midlands.

In the Beginning was the End

By dreamthinkspeak

Recognised as one of the forerunners in the current movement of site- responsive theatre, dreamthinkspeak took inspiration from the works and discovery of Leonardo da Vinci and sent audiences on an intriguing journey through the nooks and crannies of Somerset House and Kings College. They explored apocalyptic endings and optimistic beginnings in the contemporary context of globalisation and global warming. The journey was multi-layered and multi- directional, slipping seamlessly between timeframes and media, deploying film, modelled installations, product design, large scale architectural landscapes and live performance.


Commissions awarded as a result of Weatherfronts TippingPoint event held in partnership with Free Word:

Commissions undertaken as a result of TippingPoint event held in partnership with Free Word:

Sarah Butler writes novels and short fiction, and has a particular interest in the relationship between writing and place. She has been writer-in-residence on the Central line and at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Her debut novel, Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love, is published by Picador in the UK and in fifteen languages around the world.

Stevie Ronnie is a writer and artist with a background in computing. His work, often collaborative and participatory in nature, spans art forms to produce interactive pieces for publication, exhibition, installation and/or performance. Stevie is currently working on a series of visual and literary works inspired by a recent residency in the High Arctic.

A group of activist writers, all with a deep commitment to social and climate justice, consisting of Sai Murray, Selina Nwulu and Zena Edwards. Three of the group have been published in the climate change collection No Condition is Permanent, and their collection of poems will centre on how climate change affects diaspora communities.

Dan Simpson is a spoken word poet and performer. Canterbury Laureate 2013-14 and Waterloo Station Poet in Residence. His poetry has featured on the BBC and London Underground. He has performed at major festivals, events and venues around the UK, and has worked on literary projects for Southbank Centre, Royal Academy of Arts, and the EC. He crowdsources poetry and his first collection is forthcoming fromBurning Eye.

Nick Hunt is a freelance writer and storyteller. His first book, Walking the Woods and the Water, is an account of an eight – month walk across Europe in the footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermor. His journalism has appeared in major publications, investigating melting glaciers, language extinction and the effects of climate change on human cultures and beliefs. He also works as co-editor of the Dark Mountain books, and full-time editor of their blog.

Commissions awarded as a result of TippingPoint event held in partnership with Stories of Change:

Invisible Treasure by fanSHEN, whose initial run took place at the Ovalhouse late in 2015.

Commissions awarded as a result of Doing Nothing is Not an Option, 2016:

Charge by Motionhouse, a touring dance theatre performance premiered at Warwick Arts Centre in autumn 2017 that will tour extensively across the UK.

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